Arsene Wenger has divulged that he almost pulled the trigger on the signing of Man Utd-linked England superstar Jadon Sancho as one of his final acts as Arsenal boss.
At the tender age of 17-years-old, Sancho took the brave decision to seek first team football abroad when he left Manchester City’s academy for Bundesliga heavyweight Borussia Dortmund.
The move payed immediate dividends, with the teenager becoming an instant hit in Germany, with a string of impressive performances leading to his first senior England call-up in 2018.
Sancho’s rise to prominence has attracted interest from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, with the latest reports confirming the club held official talks with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of the rising talent.
The youngster netted his first and second goals for the Three Lions on Tuesday in a pulsating 5-3 victory over Kosovo, and ex-Gunner head honcho Wenger has revealed how things could’ve been so very different for his former club and Sancho.
Speaking to beIN Sports (via the Metro), Wenger said: “I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get the games.
“I tried to lure him because he’s from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal.
“He’s one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance.
“There’s something in there that is part of the big players.
“You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there.”
Sancho joins an illustrious list of global footballing superstars who Wenger claims almost made their way to the Emirates.
Previous names the Frenchman claims to have come close to capturing include, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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